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July 28, 2021 12:04 PM
Blake Bortles: Released after Rodgers shows up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles was released by the Packers on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Bortles apparently was just insurance in case Aaron Rodgers was no longer in the picture, but Rodgers reported to training camp Tuesday morning and reportedly is prepared to play at least one more season for the Packers. The decision to release Bortles suggests Jordan Love won't face any real competition for the No. 2 QB job, a role Tim Boyle held last season before signing with the division-rival Lions in March. Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Bortles hasn't started an NFL game since 2018.

May 12, 2021 05:44 PM
Packers' Blake Bortles: Joins Packers as workouts approach
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles agreed to a one-year contract with the Packers on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Prior to Bortles' signing, Jordan Love was the only quarterback slated to attend the start of in-person workouts April 17, so the 29-year-old's presence fills a clear need for depth at the position. The ongoing saga of Aaron Rodgers' disgruntlement with management will ultimately determine Bortles' chances of making the Packers' Week 1 roster in a backup capacity.

January 30, 2021 01:08 PM
Rams' Blake Bortles: Set to hit free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles didn't see game action for the Rams during the 2020 campaign, and he's set to hit free agency during the offseason.

The third overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft is unlikely to re-sign with Los Angeles after spending the past two seasons with the franchise. There's potential for Bortles to latch on with another team and even see the field in 2021, but he also likely has a long road ahead before warranting fantasy attention, even in the deepest of formats.

December 29, 2020 04:48 PM
Rams' Blake Bortles: Officially signs with Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rams signed Bortles off the Broncos' practice squad Tuesday.

With Jared Goff (thumb) ruled out for the season finale against the Cardinals, Bortles will return to Los Angeles to serve as John Wolford's backup. Bortles spent the entirety of the 2019 season with the Rams, so he has enough familiarity with the system to be ready if called upon. Meanwhile, Wolford -- who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018 -- will make his NFL debut Sunday.

December 28, 2020 10:12 PM
Blake Bortles: Potential return to Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles is being targeted as a possible backup for the Rams this weekend according to head coach Sean McVay, Eric D. Williams of reports.

Bortles spent time with the Broncos earlier this season, bouncing between the active roster and practice squad for several weeks. Now with Jared Goff (thumb) ruled out, the Rams may look to bring in the veteran, who spent the 2019 campaign in Los Angeles. Currently, the only other quarterback on the Rams' active roster is John Wolford.

December 1, 2020 04:48 PM
Blake Bortles: Passes COVID-19 protocols
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles was restored from the practice squad COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Drew Lock and Brett Rypien also were activated from the list. Bortles continues to reside on the practice squad. He has a slim chance of handling any meaningful snaps with the Broncos behind Lock, Rypien and Jeff Driskel (illness) on the organizational depth chart.

November 29, 2020 10:40 AM
Blake Bortles: On practice squad COVID list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles was placed on the practice squad COVID-19 list Saturday, Jeff Legwold of reports.

Bortles was a high-risk close contact with an infected person, likely teammate Jeff Driskel, who tested positive this week for COVID-19. Drew Lock and Brett Rypien have also been deemed close contacts and have been placed on the same reserve/COVID-19 list. None of those quarterbacks will be available for Sunday's game versus the Saints, so Kendall Hinton will start under center.

October 19, 2020 03:56 PM
Blake Bortles: Lands on practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Broncos signed Bortles to the practice squad Monday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Bortles was released by the Broncos on Saturday, but he'll stick around as a scout team quarterback. The Broncos will push forward with Drew Lock as their starting quarterback, Brett Rypien as the backup and Jeff Driskel as the No. 3 option. If any of the three get hurt, Bortles likely will get called up again.

October 17, 2020 01:00 PM
Blake Bortles: Cut by Broncos
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Broncos released Bortles on Saturday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

Bortles was brought in for insurance under center when Drew Lock went down with a shoulder injury, but Bortles ended up receiving two healthy scratches during his time on the roster. Now, with Lock trending toward a return Sunday, the Broncos have unsurprisingly opted to part ways. As a result, the former Jaguar will have to look for a new opportunity.

October 1, 2020 07:40 PM
Broncos' Blake Bortles: Inactive for TNF
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Jets, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Bortles is a healthy scratch for the second straight week, as it doesn't seem he's yet managed to acclimate to Denver's offensive scheme. The Broncos will roll with Brett Rypien under center to begin Thursday's contest, with Jeff Driskel available as the backup.

September 28, 2020 03:00 PM
Broncos' Blake Bortles: Not in starter conversation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Vic Fangio said Monday that Bortles won't start in Thursday's game versus the Jets, Zac Stevens of reports.

Fangio relayed that since Bortles only has two practices with the team, it's not realistic for him to start so soon. As a result, either Jeff Driskel or Brett Rypien will be under center to start Thursday's game. If one or both falters, however, Bortles could enter the competition ahead of Week 5's matchup against the Patriots.

September 27, 2020 03:52 PM
Broncos' Blake Bortles: Healthy scratch Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Buccaneers.

The veteran just signed Tuesday after Drew Lock suffered a Week 2 shoulder injury that's projected to keep him out several games. However, with only three practice sessions in coordinator Pat Shurmur's offense under his belt, Bortles isn't yet ready to serve as interim starter Jeff Driskel's primary backup, a role that will be filled by Brett Rypien in Week 3.

September 24, 2020 06:04 PM
Broncos' Blake Bortles: Unlikely to play Week 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said Thursday that he doesn't expect Bortles to back up new starting quarterback Jeff Driskel in Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.

Bortles signed with the Broncos on Tuesday, two days after starter Drew Lock exited the team's loss to the Steelers with a shoulder injury that's expected to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks. Driskel will step in as the starter in the interim, with Bortles providing with an experienced option behind him. However, because Bortles didn't arrive in Denver until Thursday and needs time to get up to speed with a new playbook, he'll likely serve as an emergency No. 3 option at quarterback Sunday, if he's even active for the contest. Denver plans to call up Brett Rypien from the practice squad to serve as Driskel's backup in Week 3.

September 22, 2020 10:28 AM
Broncos' Blake Bortles: Reaches deal with Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles agreed Tuesday with the Broncos on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Since hitting the free-agent market this spring after a season of backup duty with the Rams, Bortles received offers from several teams to join their practice squads, but he preferred to hold out for an opportunity that presented a clearer path to getting on the field. He ultimately found a desirable situation with the Broncos, who were in the market for a veteran signal-caller after second-year quarterback Drew Lock suffered a shoulder injury in Denver's Week 2 loss to Pittsburgh. While the Broncos will give Jeff Driskel the first crack at the starting job with Lock expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks, Bortles looms as an experienced alternate should Driskel falter. Per Mike Klis of 9News Denver, Bortles isn't expected to pass his physical and all COVID-19-related intake testing until Friday, so Denver could bring in another quarterback to back up Driskel for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers if the coaching staff isn't comfortable keeping the 28-year-old active with limited practice time under his belt.

September 22, 2020 09:56 AM
Blake Bortles: Checking in with Denver
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles is scheduled to visit with the Broncos on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Denver previously kicked the tires on Bortles last offseason, but he ultimately signed with the Rams and served as the team's backup quarterback behind Jared Goff throughout the 2019 season. Bortles didn't draw much interest after becoming a free agent again this spring, but with injuries at the quarterback position around the league already beginning to mount, the 28-year-old now has a decent chance of resurfacing with a team. Denver's top signal-caller, Drew Lock, is expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks after injuring his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, leaving Jeff Driskel as the only other healthy quarterback left on the roster. Driskel is expected to serve as the team's starter for the duration of Lock's absence, but Bortles' prior starting experience from his time in Jacksonville would at least make him a quality depth option.

January 9, 2020 10:28 AM
Rams' Blake Bortles: Seems minimal time in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles completed one of two passes for three yards and rushed twice for minus-9 yards while appearing in three games during the 2019 season.

The 27-year-old signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rams in the spring knowing that he would be in line for a backup job behind Jared Goff, and Bortles stayed in that role all season since Goff didn't miss a game. Bortles is set to hit free agency again in March and essentially finds himself in the same position as he was after being let go by the Jaguars last year. He shouldn't have a problem securing a contract for the 2020 campaign, but he's unlikely to be viewed as much more than a high-end backup.

December 2, 2019 09:52 PM
Rams' Blake Bortles: Tosses two passes in blowout win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles completed one of his two pass attempts for three yards during Sunday's 34-7 win over Arizona. He played seven snaps in relief of starting quarterback Jared Goff once the game was out of reach for the Cardinals.

While this was the third time Bortles has seen the field this season, Sunday's two throws were his first of the campaign. He's locked into a backup role, and as long as Goff is healthy, Bortles is nothing more than a speculative stash in two-quarterback settings.

August 11, 2019 12:20 AM
Rams' Blake Bortles: Stagnant outing against Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles completed three of eight pass attempts for 50 yards, adding one rush for three yards during Saturday's 14-3 loss to the Raiders.

Bortles led the Rams offense to only three first downs on his two offensive drives, continuing a dreadful streak of play that goes back to 2018. He completed 53.6 percent of his passes and averaged 112.7 passing yards per game over his final three starts as a Jaguar, and now has his career in Los Angeles off to a precarious start. Given his starting experience, durability and pockets of proficient play throughout five pro seasons, Bortles stands as one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL, but Los Angeles will have to live with occasionally static offensive production, as well as a high volume of turnovers should the 27-year-old signal-caller ever be forced into action.

March 21, 2019 12:56 AM
Rams' Blake Bortles: Gets $1 million on new deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bortles finalized a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rams on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Rams get a nice bargain with their backup quarterback, as any money Bortles receives on the new contract simply reduces the $6.5 million he's guaranteed from the Jaguars. He should be a big upgrade on the Rams' backup from the past two season (Sean Mannion) and isn't likely to face any serious competition for the No. 2 job this summer. Given the wealth of talent in the Los Angeles offense, Bortles could warrant fantasy consideration if starter Jared Goff misses time with an injury during the 2019 campaign.

March 18, 2019 07:56 PM
Rams' Blake Bortles: Finds home with Rams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rams and Bortles are close to an agreement on a one-year contract, Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports.

With legitimate starting quarterback gigs few and far between throughout the league, Bortles will land one of the top available backup jobs. Working with coach Sean McVay and behind Jared Goff could do wonders for the five-year pro, who owns a 103:75 TD:INT in 75 career appearances.

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